Wild Columbia County
Hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing in northwest Oregon’s hidden jewel
Check our maps and descriptions to find the best outdoor experience for you today
Simple guides to Columbia County’s mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates
Stories from the field as we explore every last inch of the county
It’s not as easy to hike logging company land as it once was. But if you get access there are gems to be discovered. One Friday morning I drove Sophia up Pittsburg Road for a walk in the woods. Way up the ridge (long after the road goes to gravel) we turned left onto CampContinue reading “Stumbling upon Wilark Pioneer Cemetery”
Oregon is a state laden with beautiful waterfalls and Columbia County is no exception. While some of our county waterfalls are Instagram-famous roadside attractions like Bonnie and Beaver Creek, others take quite a trek and are known online as little more than approximate GPS points. Jon and I have decided to search out and documentContinue reading “The Hidden Carcus Creek Falls”
On a warm July morning Rosey and I crossed the bridge, picked up our parking pass, and headed north on NW Sauvie Island Road. The road parallels the Multnomah Slough and osprey nests spring up everywhere. We were aiming for the Westside Unit of the Sauvie Island Wildlife area, which begins about eight miles northContinue reading “Walking Sauvie Island’s Westside”
Do you ever see any frogs, salamanders, turtles, lizards, or snakes? Take a picture and then check out our iNaturalist herpetology project to see how to help track records of these creatures!
There isn’t any spot of land I care about more than the Liberty Hill bluff. Visit the Friends of Liberty Hill website or their Facebook page to learn about this unique meadow and what we can do to preserve it from destruction.
Jonathan grew up in St. Helens and has family in Yankton and Rainier. Matt grew up in Warren and currently lives in Scappoose. Jonathan’s wife Rosey and daughters Chhaya (less so) and Sophia (more so) join them on some of their adventures.
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